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Coloring and Anxiety

School Nurses see a lot of anxiety

As a school nurse at a very large high school, to say I saw a lot, is an understatement.   Kids came to me with paper cuts, tummy aches, rashes, headaches, anaphylactic reactions to latex, sprains, strains, dislocated shoulders, sore throats, on and on.  But the predominant condition that stands out most is the anxiety and depression, along with self-injury that I saw.  At first, in my inexperience, I thought these kids were coming to the nurse’s office simply to get out of class or to get attention.   As I grew in my assessment skills and awareness, I realized there was something real happening.

Kids came to me saying that they couldn’t breathe, or they felt as though there were having a heart attack. Heart rate and respirations were elevated, sometimes they were sweating, pupils often were dilated. Something physical was happening.  I came to understand that these “frequent fliers”, as became know as, were experiencing physical manifestations of anxiety.  Turns out, it wasn’t all ‘in their head’.

Anxiety is Real

These kids, often high achievers, sometimes introverts, sometimes the forgotten ones…..they were experiencing a host of conditions related to anxiety, stress and depression. Some were taking medications, some weren’t.  Some had supportive teachers and families, some didn’t. Some were highly pressured by their parents to excel, some had parents who seemed to not care at all.  But what they all had in common, was that they were looking for help.  And they saw my office as a place to get it.

This was long before coloring was a “thing”.  Long before adult coloring was cool.  I got the idea that they needed something to take their minds off of their problems, free them, if only for a few minutes, from their worry, their stress, their anxiety, their sadness, their depression.  I went online and found some mandalas and printed them out, bought some markers and colored pencils, and started in intervention for anxiety.

Coloring is the same as meditation

I watched kids go from total panic mode to relaxation just with the act of coloring.  I watched their personalities flow as they colored. Some were Type A, intricate and colored with perfection, others sketched.  Some stayed well within the lines, others ventured outside the lines.  I kept their work, and they’d come back when they needed to, and they’d finish masterpieces.  I had an entire wall of mandalas.  As word got out, I even had some teachers or staff come and color.

Who knew that I was so ahead of the times. Now, it seems, coloring really is “a thing”!

I’m a member of  a coloring club, and I love it.  If you know someone who might benefit from coloring, you should check it out.   It’s so fun, so relaxing, so gratifying.  You’ll see physical change as you or someone you know goes from fight or flight parasympathetic activation, to relaxation and balance.  For a double whammy, I my essential oils diffuser going with a wonderful blend, and forget about it! Don’t even get me started on the bliss that happens.

PennySue Mueller

Penny Mueller
Email: Penny Mueller
www.pennysuemueller.com

 

 

 

Which Essential Oil Should I Buy…Part 2

Is There Really a Difference?

In Which Essential Oil Should I Buy? Part 1, I talked about how essential oils are manufactured, from seed to bottling.  We learned that a lot goes into producing a bottle of essential oil, and that along the way, there are multiple ways that manufacturers and distributors can affect the quality of the oil.

How and Where to Purchase Essential Oils

Now that you know some basics about essential oils, the next step is to find quality therapeutic grade oils. It’s not as easy as you’d think.  I’ve tried over ten different brands of essential oils, and I’m studying to become a certified clinical aromatherapist.  I’d like to think that I’ve learned a thing or two about essential oils, and I’d like to share with you some of what I know.   Read More→

Which Essential Oil Should I Buy?

Why Are Some Essential Oils So Expensive?

Why Are Some Essential Oils So Cheap?

Is There Really a Difference?

People have been asking me what is the best brand of essential oils, so I thought I’d write a post to help clear up some myths and misconceptions about essential oils.

I’ve been using essential oils for several years, and have tried at least ten different brands of essential oils. There are good ones, and there are bad ones.  There are cheap oils, and expensive oils.  Let’s sort through them, shall we?  I’ll show you what to look for in an essential oil, reduce some confusion, and maybe even end up saving you some money, because I’ve wasted a lot of money on cheap oils.  And I will say right up front, that cheaper isn’t better. So, let’s get started.

First off, What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the lifeblood of the plant.  Just like we have blood that flowing through our bodies, carrying nutrients to all of our cells, essential oils carry nutrient throughout the plant.

Essential Oils Are A Plant’s Life Blood:

  • Carry nutrients to the plant cells
  • Protect the plant from any form of stress
  • Protect the plant against infection and disease
  • Give the plant its characteristic aroma
  • May be found in any portion of the bush, flower, herb or tree.
  • Just like we can’t live without blood, plants can’t live without this essential part of the plant.

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Why Stress is Bad for Your Heart

Modern life is full of hassles.

Jobs, bills, mortgages, households to run, children to raise, demands, deadlines, frustrations, responsibilities! And then we add on more without even thinking. Continuing our education, working for that promotion, taking on a car payment,  remodeling the house, spinning all those plates and hoping one doesn’t fall.

Whether we realize it or not, whether we like it or not, our body responds.  And we have no control over it.  The nervous system releases a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol.  These hormones force the body to go into emergency response. The heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, your senses become sharper.  The purpose of all this is to get you to rise up and meet the challenges that you face.  We are preparing for fight or flight!

Stress related diseases are on the rise and are not only  affecting our ability to cope, but are also destroying our immune function. Read More→

Heart Work

What is Healing Touch, anyway?

Healing Touch is Heart Work

Healing Touch, is a technique that has its origin in the laying-on of hands which can be found in all spiritual paths. This form of healing is based on a philosophy of caring and compassion and is oriented towards service to community. It is healing not for its own sake but for the sake of others. In the Judeo-Christian path, there are many ways to use one’s hands with the intention of healing that are based in the Scriptures and in Christian tradition. Read More→

West Wind Healing

Vibration underlies every aspect of life.  

From atoms, molecules, cells, tissues, organs, bodies, and entire systems.  From cellular respiration and division, the heart beat, nerve impulses up and down the spine, to brain waves, our bodies each have their own vibrational signature and rhythm.  This is orderly and organized.  There is no chaos.  The entire body oscillates within its own electromagnetic energy field and subtle energy field.  The body is a vibrant energy system containing the mind, spirit and physical body.

What is Aromatherapy?

In life, our bodies want harmony. Health is a positive energy that flows strong and coherent, while illness and disease manifest as negative, weak, incoherent energies.   When illness or disease are present, they might show up as chemical imbalances, but underlying this is an electromagnetic imbalance that has changed the molecules, cells, tissues and organs of the body.  Healing will occur when a healthy, positive frequency brings the cells back to a state of balance.  This is where energy work and essential oils come in. Read More→

Your Natural Medicine Cabinet and First Aid Kit Part 4

Natural Medicine Cabinet Item#4 Eucalyptus Oil

Fresh herbs in first aid kitAs you build your all natural first aid kit and medicine cabinet, you now have Lavender,   Peppermint, and Tea Tree essential oils, which are 3 of the staples of any aromatherapist. As you have read in the individual posts for those three oils, the list of things that they can do is impressive. No natural medicine cabinet or first aid kit would be complete without our next essential oil: Eucalyptus.

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Your Natural Medicine Cabinet and First Aid Kit Part 2

Natural Medicine Cabinet  Item #2:   Tea Tree Oil

The second item you need in your natural first aid kit and medicine cabinet is Tea Tree Oil, right there next to your  Lavender. Tea Tree oil  is another essential oil that is a foundational item for everyone’s medicine cabinet and first aid kit. Tea Tree Oil is a basic essential oil, but has countless uses. If you’ve never smelled Tea Tree oil, it is not necessarily aromatically pleasing like lavender, rather it has a medicinal, terpene, antiseptic aroma. Despite the strong odor, it is very gentle and can be used neat (undiluted) on adult skin.

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Your Natural Medicine Cabinet and First Aid Kit Part 1

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender (Lavender angustifolia) is generally regarded as the most versatile therapeutic  essence and if you have only one essential oil in your home medicine cabinet, first aid kit, car or purse, Lavender is the one to have.

It is both strong and gentle and can be used “neat” (undiluted) directly on the skin. Beware, however, because as amazing and therapeutic Lavender is, it is also the most corrupted essential oil on the market. Take care to buy True Lavender, Lavendula angustifolia.  Read More→